Hosting a colleague from another country in a formal or an informal way is always a challenge. It requires careful planning and timetabling. However the experience can be rewarding for both the host and the visitor. Moreover it may pave the way for long-term collaboration and partnerships. The hosting hospital should facilitate and support the interprofessional exchange of knowledge and ideas in any possible way.
The task of the hosting unit will be:
- To provide a contact person who will co-ordinate the visit (contact information sheet).
- The contact person will agree to mentor and supervise the visiting nurse during the time spent in the host unit.
- To contribute jointly with the visiting nurse to the preparation of a one week programme. It is advised to vary the programme. A mix of clinical practice, research and innovative activities, educational sessions and social activities is suggested.
- Within two months of being approached by the visiting nurse, the aims and objectives should be finalised and agreed between all key people.
- Agree to prepare a short orientation programme of the unit, hospital and city.
- Enable the visitor to participate in a range of clinical activities but not to undertake direct patient contact.
- To assist the nurse in organising their stay by offering lodging facility in the hospital or in a nearby hotel, or by encouraging nurses of the hospital to host the visiting nurse.
- Organising an exchange visit may take at least 2 to 4 months of preparation.
- Post all relevant information to the visiting nurse at least 4 weeks prior to arrival.
- Encourage the visiting nurse to give a presentation about critical care nursing in their country or on subjects related to the nurse’s speciality.
- Follow up on the evaluation form, and collect it